My family and I are safe and we’ve temporarily relocated to a safe place for now.  Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers.  The situation in Tacloban is very critical.  Food, water and shelter are still inadequate, but relief is ongoing.  The peace and order has deteriorated with rampant looting and lawlessness prevailing in the area.  A possible epidemic outbreak may follow with the lack of action being taken regarding the dead bodies littered all over the city.  It will take a long time to restore things back to normal.     

If you wish to send donations and help, please ask your local Rotary Clubs if they have intentions of coordinating with Rotary Clubs in Tacloban.  I am a past president of the Rotary Club of Tacloban, and in the meantime will be the focal person in terms of communicating and coordinating with other Rotary clubs who wish to help.  I can be reached through email,


25 thoughts on “aftermath

  1. My very best wishes to you and your family Orlando and to your community. Out of all the terrible things that happen we often see, thankfully, the very best of humanity. One of my favourite quotes;
    “Only in the darkness can you see the stars”, Martin Luther King Jr

  2. We have contributed through philippino friends here who are VERY active here in US. BUt is there anything we can do for you? (I sent you a facebook message/ email . problem caused me to lose addresses including yours)

    The photographs you have taken through the years are now ever so important, not just to you and your country but also to the people you have photographed. For some families, when the chaos has subsided and life, however difficult it may be, has regained some semblance of normalcy, your photos may be all they have left of people they loved. Thinking of you and your family. Kyra

  3. I am so glad to see this post from you and to know you and your family are well, and safe. We will be contacting our local Rotary in hopes they are in a position to help.

  4. Good luck and best wishes to all. From so many miles away, it all seems just so over-powering a situation and so hard to understand just how difficult it is to get help where it is needed. We are so used to instant everything that any delay just seems out of place. I trust it starts to happen more speedily from now on.

  5. thank you for this. I cry for all of us:(:(:( It will take time to rebuild, but we will. I hope some will open their hearts to help. God bless.

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